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Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on March 02, 2012, 12:44 PM:
Went to our local multi-plex last night. Well what a surprise this film was very good. The story of a young nine year old boy Oscar Schell played by Thomas Horn who looses his father in the September 11th 2001 trade centers. Going through his fathers stuff he finds a key and a surname "Black" in a vase, this leads to his jouney across NYC to find out what the key unlocks and who the person "Black" is.

Its quite a story, but in essence his loss of his father played by "Tom Hanks" is told through Oscar eyes as a "Autistic child" and how he deals with his loss, his relationship with his mother and the mystery key.

As the film progressed I started to think this story is flawed, what mother played by "Sandra Bullock" would let a young kid wander the streets of a big city. Well that bit was well covered near the end as the story concludes. I asked my wife about "Autistic Disorder" which I know very little about, but she does regarding action/reaction with people. It does sound as if this young actor really nailed the part, so full credit to him.

It might not be a film for everyone but would recommend it, if you havent been to the movies for a while, give it a go.


PS.I should mention some other actors as well, nice to see John Goodman again as the doorman it was only a few weeks ago since I watched "The Artist" he played the studio boss must be doing good as an actor.
Another one in this film I haven't seen in years is Max von Sydow as "The Renter" he says nothing "cant speak" but comes across really well.

[ March 02, 2012, 03:28 PM: Message edited by: Graham Ritchie ]
Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on September 09, 2012, 03:47 AM:
Last night we watched the Blu-ray thats just recently come out. It was excellent, also included in the Special Features are, The Making, plus Finding Oskar, and a documentary made by the son of Max von Sydow. Its all very interesting and the amount of work by so many talented people to adapt it and bring it to the screen from the book written by Jonathan Safran Foer is really something.

Posted by Graham Ritchie (Member # 559) on November 25, 2019, 02:22 PM:
Its been years now since I watched this movie, however I have had a 35mm print sitting around for a while.

After loading it onto the platter last weekend, last night, we ran for the first time the actual film print. What a huge difference to the blu-ray. The print was light years ahead of the blu-ray in both picture and sound. Although Yvonne told me she had seen it in the past and not one to bother with a repeat, I convinced her to watch it again but this time on film.

After it finished I asked her what she thought of watching it again, Yvonne thought it was really good, and had picked up a lot more seeing it this time around. There is no doubt you become more immerse in watching it projected on film.

I think it would be great to open up a cinema and run the "reel" stuff once again, although being practical these days that could never happen. For years I took it for granted, now I actually miss not going to the cinema to see it.

As for the film itself what a brilliant cast..

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